How Your Gut Microbiome Influences Your Mental and Physical Health

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1. INTRODUCTION

Your body houses some 100 trillion bacteria, and about 1 quadrillion viruses (bacteriophages).

In essence, we’re little more than walking microbe colonies, seeing how these bacteria outnumber your cells 10 to 1, and the bacteriophages in turn outnumber bacteria 10 to 1.

These organisms perform a wide variety of functions, and we’ve now come to realize that they need to be properly balanced and nourished if we want to maintain good physical and mental health.

 

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